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New Record Holder Pan Zhanle Impresses in Men’s 100m Freestyle

ByEditor

Feb 12, 2024
Chinese swimmer Pan Zhanle sets new world record in 100m freestyle at the start of swimming world championships

In a remarkable performance, 19-year-old Pan Zhanle broke the men’s 100m freestyle world record at the world swimming championships in Doha. The Chinese swimmer split 46.80 seconds, taking six hundredths off the previous world record set by Romanian David Popovici in 2022. This impressive feat helped China win the relay by a one-second margin over Italy while the U.S. claimed bronze without their top 100m freestylers.

Pan’s exceptional performance has solidified his position as a strong contender for the iconic 100m freestyle race at the Paris Olympics in 2024, where American Caeleb Dressel won an Olympic record time of 47.02 in Tokyo in 2021. Despite several top swimmers opting not to compete at the worlds, which were held for the first time since an Olympic year, Pan’s achievement was noteworthy.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 4x100m free relay event, Netherlands emerged victorious over Australia with anchor Marrit Steenbergen posting the fastest split of the massive field of 32 swimmers. Erika Fairweather also made history by becoming New Zealand’s first swimmer to win a world title in women’s 4x10m freestyle relay event against Li Bingjie of China and Fairweather is now set to challenge history again with her ambitious plan to become one of the three fastest women ever in her upcoming Olympic debut at Paris Games in 2024.

In men’s 4x10m free relay event, South Korea’s Kim Woo-Min claimed victory by holding off Aussie Elijah Winnington but lacked presence of World champion Sam Short from Australia and Olympic gold medalist Ahmed Hafnaoui from Tunisia who were absent from competition due to personal reasons or injuries .

The next round of action will begin on Monday with finals scheduled to be broadcast live from Doha, featuring American Kate Douglass looking to repeat as champion in women’s individual medley race and other exciting races are also lined up like men’s individual medley and mixed team medley events which are expected to bring thrilling moments for all viewers around

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